Thursday, October 19, 2000
VALENTI ISSUE CLEARED: Sainte-Julie coach Sebastien Gariepy explains why German import Maren Valenti chose his team over the Laval Le Mistral.
"Maren never wanted to go play in Laval. The problem is that a person here in Quebec tried to be her agent without her approval. That agent asked Laval if they were interested to have her but Maren was never (asked) if she wanted (to play) or not. Maren came to Quebec thinking she was playing for us (Pantheres)."
Thursday, September 28, 2000
Valenti decides on Pantheres
By SPIRO PAPUCKOSKI -- SLAM!
Valenti, in fact, has decided to play for the Ste-Julie Pantheres instead of Laval Le Mistral, contrary to earlier reports. Le Mistral General Manager Michel Dyotte, whose team announced the signing earlier in the month, was caught off guard by the decision.
"The president of the NWHL, Susan Fennell, asked Maren which team she wanted to play when she arrived in Brampton," said Dyotte. "She said she wanted to play with the Pantheres so the president told her to play.
"The international transfer was for Le Mistral. Ste-Julie has to ask the Federation (Hockey Quebec) to change the transfer. We do not know what is going on."
In the Canadian Hockey Association's International Transfer Application, Valenti does list requesting a transfer to Laval on Sept. 8, but only for a 16-day tryout. It is unknown at this time if she has signed a transfer with Ste-Julie.
"Maren is skating with Ste Julie," said Fennell. "Maren had been with Ste Julie since the summer. She only has played for Ste Julie. She skated a couple of sessions with Le Mistral in September but chose to remain with Ste-Julie."
Valenti, turning 24 next month, played in the Women's World Championships in Mississauga, Ont. in April, leading her team with two goals and three assists. Germany placed seventh in the tournament.
The native of Freiberg, Germany, Valenti's club team last year was ERC Mannheim. http://www.canoe.ca/Slam000928/nwhl_val-can.html
Friday, September 15, 2000
Sainte-Julie Pantheres 2000 Preview
The one that slipped away
By SPIRO PAPUCKOSKI -- SLAM!
After maintaining second place in the Eastern Division throughout last seaon, the Pantheres slipped past the Montreal Wingstar at the end of the season to finish first by one point. They swept through Laval and Montreal in the playoffs, on their way to facing the Beatrice Aeros in the finals in Brampton, Ont.
In the first game, the Pantheres came back and tied the game 2-2. That set the stage for the second game. And heartbreak.
Cherie Piper scored in the first period, and that was all the Aeros would need as they won the tight-checking contest 1-0.
The Pantheres season can be summed up with one word: goaltending. Marie-Claude Roy was brilliant in net as the season progressed, compiling a 11-6-4 record and a 2.02 GAA. She was the reason why the team was in most of their games against tougher opponents. But that is not to take anything away from Isabelle Leclaire, who was equally great between the pipes with a 9-2-2 record and a 1.95 GAA.
Team leader and national team member Nancy Drolet was a force on the ice. She put up great offensive numbers, scoring 29 goals and adding 17 assists. Mai-Lan Le also chipped in with 31 points in 31 games. Other offensive threats last season were Nancy Deschamps, Stephanie Grenon and Jacinthe Gendron.
A fight for first place is in the cards for the Pantheres this season.
Sebastien Gariepy: Head Coach firstname.lastname@example.org